Wind is one of the biggest obstacles you must overcome to get a good fire going. There are a few ways to do this.
Precaution: If you have windy conditions take every precaution to avoid having embers start a fire downwind. It may be better to wait until the wind dies down so you can have a safe fire.
If you have Instafire you will be way ahead of the “flatlanders” as Instafire will handle the wind once it is lit.
This may be around the side of a hill, mountain, building or next to a large rock.
A. Dig a trench about a foot deep and 6 to 8” wide allowing the trench to act as the windbreak.
B. Place a large split log with the large portion blocking the wind. Place Instafire at the very tip of the split log and light. Once it is lit wait about 10 seconds then give InstaFire a slight stir. This will light more of the Instafire and insure a great fire. Place another smaller split log on top of the larger log at a 90 degree angle with one end resting on the ground and at an angle directly over the fire. The closer you can get to the tip of split log directly over the fire the better. (Note: if you do not have Instafire you will have to put very small twigs against the split log and light at the very bottom as heat rises – then slowly feed the fire increasing in kindling size as the fire permits – make sure you do NOT smother the fire as it needs lots of oxygen).
C. Build a lean-to fire – this is done by driving a ¾ to 1 1/2 “ diameter stick at a 30-degree angle as shown below. Then placing Instafire at the base where you drove the stick into the ground. Then place small sticks against the larger stick as shown. (Remember the base stick points in the direction the wind is blowing – this will help protect against the wind)
Note: Instafire will burn long enough and hot enough to dry out wet wood or start 2” sized split logs or smaller.
Stay dry and happy even in wind!